Vignettes from The Coaldale Observer Newspaper

Vignettes from The Coaldale Observer Newspaper


ASTONISHES COALDALE— February 5, 1917—The quick action of buckthorn bark, glycerine, etc., as mixed in Adler-ika, the appendicitis preventative, astonishes Coaldale people. One spoonful of this remedy relieves sour stomach, gas and constipation at once.—McElroy’s Drug Store, Coaldale.

“BLUE” BONNER GOES OVER MATRIMONIAL LINE —October 2, 1920—Famous football star stopped by Dan Cupid with a daring tackle in the open field—wedding to Miss Ida Herman took place Wednesday. Mr. James J. Bonner, of town, and Miss Ida Herman, of Tamaqua, were married in St. Jerome’s Church in Tamaqua...The bride, who is one of Tamaqua’s most charming young ladies, was prettily attired in a blue Duvetyne coat suit with white picture hat to match, and carried white bridal roses…”Blue” Bonner is probably the best known athlete in the coal region. Given a college education and the coaching college football men receive, his name would rank with that of Thorpe, Heston, Coy and a few others as the greatest backs of all time.

RELATING TO COWS, PIGS, GEESE AND DUCKS —September 1, 1916—If you are the owner of any of the above and are permitting them to roam aimlessly abroad causing annoyance and damage to property and proving a general nuisance, expect to find them at the Town Hall with a fine and a bill of costs attached as per a borough ordinance regulating this nuisance. Property owners suffering from the nuisance referred to in the above notice are requested to seize the cause of the annoyance and report the same to this office when the matter will have due attention.—H.F. Blaney, Chief Burgess.

FOOTBALL NOTES —October 2, 1920—Tamaqua sent a football committee to Coaldale Wednesday evening to arrange a game with the local eleven. The discussion just got as far as the division of the receipts. Tamaqua said 50-50 and Coaldale said 60-40, the meeting breaking up there and then.

TRUCKING COAL TO NEW JERSEY —July 30, 1932—Two automobile trucks with the insignia of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company are now trucking coal from the Coaldale colliery to Highbridge, New Jersey. This may be the forerunner of an extensive trade from the Lehigh Navigation Coal Company collieries to towns down the Lehigh Valley.

SWINDLERS HAVE CLEVER TRICK —June 9, 1916—A novel method of raising money is being practiced in this section and a number of frauds have been reported. A number of incidents have been reported in which business men and others had been requested to change $20 bills and upon examination, after the change had been given, found that the figure “two” from a two dollar bill had been cleverly placed before the naught on a 10 dollar bill, thereby making a good imitation. Charles Reichenback, a Fremont hotel man, is the latest victim of the swindlers.

NOTICE —July 14, 1916 —Complaint having been made to this office of the reckless manner in which drivers of automobiles are running within borough limits and of the practice of using an open exhaust which proves a common nuisance, due warning is herewith given that all offenders of a borough ordinance regulating the matters complained of above, will be punished as provided therein.—H.F. Blaney, Chief Burgess.

PANTHER VALLEY GAS PLANT ALMOST READY —July 14, 1916—With the opening of the new cas plant of the Girardville Gas Company in town, which will take place within a few days the towns of Coaldale, Lansford, Summit Hill and Nesquehoning will be supplied with a new lighting and fuel commodity, for the first time in their history…The approximate population of the territory is 30,000…Among the institutions using the new fuel are the Coaldale hospital and the new high school building at Lansford…The enterprise has met a most cordial reception from the residents of this section.

STRUCK WITH LIGHTNING —June 9, 1916—John Honeck, of Buck Mountain, was stunned by lightning during the fierce electric storm of Saturday afternoon last. He was in his stable feeding a cow when a bolt struck nearby. He was rendered unconscious for several hours but is none the worse for his experience. The high tension line north of Coaldale was a blaze of fire at different times during the storm.

HUCKLEBERRY PICKER IS BITTEN BY SNAKE —July 30, 1932—Bitten by a snake as he was out picking huckleberries Thursday afternoon, John Skutta, 52, of Seek, was reported as being in a fair condition at the Coaldale hospital. He was attacked by the snake as he was leaning over picking berries from a bush and was bitten in his right arm. Other members of his party rushed him to the hospital. Later they killed the snake which was of the copperhead variety.

VALENTINE DANCE— February 5, 1917— The C.A.C. Club has made extensive arrangements for the success of the Valentine Dance to be conducted Wednesday evening in the Auditorium. The affair promises to be the big social event of the season. The Auditorium will be prettily decorated with hearts and other Valentine emblems and music for the dancing will be furnished by Boyle’s 10 piece orchestra. For an evening of keen enjoyment, attend the Valentine Dance.

OVERCOATS REDUCED —February 5, 1917— Now is your opportunity to buy a stylish overcoat at less than cost. All Men’s and Young Men’s Overcoats in this season’s newest styles are here for only $12. Values $15 to $22. Boys’ $7 Macinaws, sizes 10 to 18 at $4.48. Men’s $16.50 suits, Blue Serge or Fancy Worsteds, are on sale at $12. Young Men’s $12 Overcoats at $8, exactly one-third off—Clarke’s, Second Street, Coaldale.

HOSPITAL IS SIX YEARS OLD —July 14, 1916— Six years ago on Monday, the Panther Creek Valley Hospital was opened to the public after all the people in this vicinity had labored hard to have the institution located here. E.E. Shifferstine, the present head of the hospital, was appointed superintendent when the hospital opened and has held the position since that time…During this time 3457 patients were treated in the wards, and there were 10,431 dispensary patients. There were 62,094 return visits of dispensary patients from the time the hospital was opened until the present time. This would make an average of about 12,664 patients per year.